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 Post subject: One Stout Bench
PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:00 pm 
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Hey Folks,

I've always been a fan of workbench designs, any, and all of them. They offer great insight into other methods of work; methods for doing essentially the same tasks in different ways.

One of the more intriguing benches is the Nicholson design, originating in 17th century England. This bench is designed for use with traditional western hand tools, and holdfasts instead of a vise. Christopher Schwarz, of Popular Woodworking Magazine, modified a relatively recent version of the bench and made it an easily knocked down bench that can be moved and assembled by one person without assistance. The remarkable feature of the bench is that in addition to all the above, it is one stout puppy. In fact, it's damned near immovable once assembled, rock solid, period.

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Chris made his bench with locally available construction lumber, which for him is southern yellow pine. Out here in the Great Pacific Northwest, it's Douglas fir. The bench fits perfectly in the south window of my shop's front room, and will make a good demonstration station, ...until it's sold of course. :-)

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Tom

Ps. If something looks a little backwards to you, it's because the bench is set up for a left handed woodworker (me). It can easily be set up either way.

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 Post subject: Re: One Stout Bench
PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:20 pm 
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Wow, I'll say that looks stout- very nice looking bench and I'm digging the crochet as well as the staggered dogs for horizontal hold fasts.

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 Post subject: Re: One Stout Bench
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Yea that certainly looks solid, did you or are you planning to put any finish on it?


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 Post subject: Re: One Stout Bench
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:50 pm 
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Hey Paul,

I did as Chris did, and put on one coat of boiled linseed oil, let down with equal parts turpentine.

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 Post subject: Re: One Stout Bench
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Hey Tom,
I have used a lot of boiled linseed oil but have never mixed it with anything. What does the turpentine do?
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 Post subject: Re: One Stout Bench
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Hey Zulu,

It just helps it strike into the wood better. In our colder climate, pure linseed oil is a bit thick this time of year. :wink:

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